I've been looking around san francisco and went to this Is there a pro bono labor attorneys in San Francisco Bay Area who could defend me on my wrongful disability termination case? I went to this website www.cela.org and was able to speak to two attorneys they charge a lot of money. I just started working on my new job and I don't have enough savings to pay this attorney asap even if its installment. I needed a lawyer who could defend me and will fight for me, understands my situation and someone who is a pro bono one. Thank you in advance!
Most attorneys want to be paid for their services. Litigation is expensive because the parties must incur certain costs associated with the prosecution of their cases.
Try to call some more attorneys on the CELA site. Contact some attorneys on this site by using the find attorney tab. You might also want to contact your local bar association (follow the link below).
Best of luck.
Perhaps you are not phrasing it correctly. What do you mean by your needing someone to "defend" you in a wrongful termination case? Are you the party who is being sued? Or are you looking to sue an employer for wrongful termination due to disability? There is a big difference because you are not likely to find a civil attorney who will defend you for free. But if you are looking to sue an employer for wrongful termination due to your disability and have a legitimate case, you should have no problem finding attorneys who will take the case on a contingency basis, which means no fees up front. CELA is the best place to find such attorneys. But you will need to speak to more than just 2.
Also, if you are the employee who was discriminated against, you can file a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and ask that they conduct an investigation. If you do this timely, it will preserve your rights until you can find an attorney to help you.
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You are not going to get someone to represent you pro bono. However, if you have a matter that has merit and value, you should be able to get someone to handle the case on a contingency basis.
If you cannot find an attorney, after diligent search and effort, to take your case on a contingency basis, you need to look closely at the reasons why. It suggests the merits and or value of your case is not worth the time, effort and money to proceed.
Good luck to you.
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